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Partisan Songs




A barely audible song
Is heard from the fog,
It is the quiet song
Of the forest partisans.


1 - Quiet Forest
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - In the Trees
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - Front Zone Reverie
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - Nightingales
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - Quiet Forest ii
[MusicBrainz (recording)]

See also MusicBrainz (release group)[MusicBrainz (release group)]; MusicBrainz (release)[MusicBrainz (release)]

Notes

In response to questions raised in pre-release comments: These songs are the record of our speculative forays into the dreamspace which has grown up in the cracks between the social myth of the Heroic partisans and the ugly reality of the war; in mapping that territory, it was not our intention to pursue any specific political agenda or champion any particular group or concern. The history of the Soviet partisans in the Great Patriotic War, like most war stories, is complex and often contradictory. We believe that it is vitally important, at these intersections of heroism and atrocity, to retain that complexity and resist the reductive impulse which impoverishes our myths and denies the varied humanity of the men and women on all sides of the conflict. These songs seek neither to glorify nor to condemn, and while they do not have anything so crude as a "message," we hope that they do contain some echo of truth. -TRG

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Reviewer: cpmcdill [Webbed Hand] - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2008
Subject: A strong production
About 15 years ago, while dumpster diving around Manhattan, I scored a nice big stack of Soviet-era 78rpm records of the 30s-40s. And lucky for me, I had a gramophone to play them on. Some of them had been so well-loved by their former owner, that the grooves were worn out, making the records more scratch and hiss than coherent music. This is the feeling I get from these recordings. Like looking at history through binoculars held backwards, rendering the details into something more like moods. The interplay of ambient element with the processed samples of vintage russian recordings bouys the listener through a meditation on a rather complex period of history.
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